Midsummer on the North Wales coast, and at a latitude of 53°N the sunset is as far to the north of west as it's going to get.
This means that, for a couple of weeks only, the sun sets directly up the northwest facing estuary of the river Conwy, when viewed from the Deganwy side of the river at the Conway bridge.
Every year I make a semi-pilgrimage to this spot at this time in order to film a time lapse of the sun setting over the yachts moored in the Conway marina.
Every time the conditions are different, with varying tide and cloud cover making each shoot a new experience.
On this occasion, in early June 2017, we had low water at sunset with a dramatic cloudscape overhead.
Not everything went according to plan, as there was a band of dense cloud covering the horizon which curtailed the sunset somewhat.
But the spectacular play of light in the clouds above, both during and after sunset, more than made up for the lack of a clear horizon.
And I can always come back again during this short window of opportunity if the skies are clear, and try it all over again!.
That's one more benefit of living near such beauty.
Filename - conway timelapse 08.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens (1st sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 365mm
Lens (3rd sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @ 19mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/320 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 1/10 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky in sequences 1 and 3. No filters used for sequence 2.
Capture interval (1st sequence) - 10 seconds
Capture interval (2nd sequence) - 4 seconds
Capture interval (3rd sequence) - 6 seconds
Location - Conway, North Wales coast
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 18 seconds
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